It’s 1553 and King Henry VIII has died. His sickly son Edward VI reigns for a short while before dying so his eldest daughter, Mary, a childless Catholic, has ascended to the throne. Under Mary’s reign, Protestants, known as heretics, are being burned to death. Mary is ill and her half sister, Protestant Elizabeth, is next in line to the throne. Regardless of Mary being queen, she would never allow a Protestant to rule England. Although there is rumor of a Protestant uprising, Mary knows that Elizabeth is not behind this maneuver, yet Mary brings Elizabeth in under possible charges of treason. Elizabeth denies all and denies Mary’s wish to uphold the Catholic faith once on the throne. Upon Mary’s death in 1558 and Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne, England is weak and in disarray. Many are out to unseat Elizabeth, ‘a heretic’. To ensure her security on the throne, Elizabeth has to show some leadership, which includes, according to some of her many advisors, establishment of a single Protestant based Church of England, marriage to a suitable husband and the production of an heir. That husband however is not to be Lord Robert Dudley, Elizabeth’s lover. Elizabeth needs to learn which of her advisors to listen to as some are not out for her best interest. –IMDb
Shekhar Kapur (Hindi: शेखर कपूर) (born 6 December 1945) is an Indian film director and producer. A critically acclaimed director, he rose to popularity with the movie Bandit Queen. His historical biopics of Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth and its sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age) garnered several Academy Award nominations, including two Best Actress nods for Cate Blanchett.
Kapur was born in British India (modern-day Pakistan) to Kulbhushan Kapur, a doctor who had a flourishing practice, and Sheel Kanta, a journalist and stage actress. The nephew of actors Vijay Anand and Dev Anand, he was discouraged to get into show business by his father. His schooling was at the Modern School, New Delhi. He did his economics course at St. Stephen’s College. At 22, Kapur became a chartered accountant, having studied accountancy to please his parents.
Kapur started his career working with a multinational oil company. He moved to Great Britain in 1970, and spent several years working as… read more
Undeserving of most if the accolades it got, Elizabeth is a totally unrealistic historical film, but a damned entertaining one. Cate Blanchett does wonders with an essentially one-note character that director Shekhar Kapur tries to ignite life in, and future Doctor Christopher Eccleston is as good a villain as you get in a film like this.